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OBAMA: Redemption or revival?

Letter by Burt L. Talcott, Tacoma on Nov. 2, 2010 at 11:15 am with 8 Comments »
November 2, 2010 11:15 am

The growing rejection of President Obama and the Democrats is more basic and nuanced than the devastating debts and deficits, the excessive spending and regulations, the arrogance and smugness, the blatant corruption and misrepresentations.

His holistic view or attitude, however derived, of societal decadence, economic unfairness and excessive military strength decries America’s proud, deserved exceptionalism. He believes that his perceived America is evil and must be redeemed – and that only a larger, invasive government can redeem America.

Those who reject this “redemption” thesis believe that America is resilient and that more individual opportunity and responsibility and a freer market will allow our society and economy to revive themselves.

“Redemption” is quite different from “revival.” Redemption presumes that America is basically evil; revival presumes America is good and can recover once the heavy yoke of government is relaxed.

I believe America will begin a revival on Tuesday; political redemption is unnecessary.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. Standing ovation Burt.

    Well stated.


  2. Concernedfather says:

    We need a Leader, I already have a Savior!

  3. This letter sounds more like a criticism of the ultra-fundamental Christian churches than a criticism of Mr. Obama.

  4. aislander says:

    It is a criticism, xring, of what Pope Pius XI called statolatry–government as religion…

  5. Excellent distinction. We need a lot more of this kind of close examination of motives, and of language!

  6. I think we just had a rational discussion. Thank you both.
    And no I am not being sarcastic.

  7. beerBoy says:

    The letter writer assumes an ability to read Obama’s mind and what the President considers good v. evil.

    He also has blind faith in the Market’s Invisible Hand.

    “Free Markets” are exactly what has led to the migration of jobs from America and, in one generation, the complete erosion of the might manufacturing prowess into the feeble virtual economy based in consumerism, debt and derivative speculation.

    The election leaves the D’s in control of the executive and Senate, the R’s in control of Congress and the Corporatists in control of them all………don’t expect a positive change anytime soon. The jobs ain’t coming back just because taxes are cut. And government ain’t gonna shrink – even if Rand Paul and his daddy were in charge.

    And…..”Obamacare” ain’t going away.

  8. beerBoy says:

    The point really isn’t based in moral judgments about governments – the point is effectiveness and the US (and the CIA) has demonstrated a remarkable consistency at not being able to see anything beyond superficial, short-term gains which have, all too often, resulted in unintended consequences that rise up an bite us in the butt.

    Case in point: Iran was ripe for a secular democracy. But the Shah pleaded his case to the US that he was the best anti-communist money (and arms) could buy. So…..democracy out, monarchy in. Fast forward a couple decades and the Shah is overthrown by the theocrats and we have the present situation.

    I am not idealistic enough to hope that our government fit my understanding of moral behavior – but it would be nice if they could look past the short term for once.

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